What is Permaculture
Lecture III in Bertinoro (FC),
24 November 2015
Design from patterns to details
“Can’t see the forest for the trees”
By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and
society.These can form the backbone of our designs, with
the details filled in as we go.
Integrate rather than
“Many hands make light work”
By putting the right things in the right place, relationships
develop between them and they support each other.
Use small and slow solutions
“The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”“Slow and
steady wins the race.”
Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big
ones, making better use of local resources and produce
more sustainable outcomes.
Use and value diversity
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”
Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and
takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in
which it resides.
Use edges & value the marginal
“Don’t think you are on the right track just because it’s
a well-beaten path”
The interface between things is where the most interesting
events take place.These are often the most valuable,
diverse and productive elements in the system.
Creatively use and respond to
“Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be”
We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully
observing, and then intervening at the right time.
How can I apply the principles in my
Are the principles already in my
Do I recognise a pattern in my project? (a
pattern of form, behaviour, seasonality,
Can I find a pattern to improve the quality
of my project/design?
Introduction to Permaculture by Geoff
Nature by numbers
Permaculture Adventure in Nepal
Permaculture Principles - thinking tools
for an era of change